Monthly Archives: January 2012

3 things about George Cukor’s ADAM’S RIB

Adam’s Rib [1949] 1. Rube Goldberg chain reaction turns on the phonograph. 2. Kate warbles the theme song. Literally. Then Spence slaps her on the ass. 3. Marvin Kaplan (!) as the court stenographer.

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3 things about Samuel Fuller’s WHITE DOG

White Dog [1982] 1. The street cleaner, driven by a black driver who’s been attacked, plows into a clothing store. Running over a black mannequin. 2. Burl Ives heaps food on his plate. “Sour cream! Love it!” 3. Teeth exposed, … Continue reading

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3 things about Steven Spielberg’s DUEL

Duel [1971] 1. Complicated directions to the men’s room. 2. “My snakes! I’ve got to find my snakes!” 3. Briefly, vividly, we see his monogrammed name on the side of the briefcase as he jams it into place on the … Continue reading

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3 things about Francis Ford Coppola’s ONE FROM THE HEART

One from the Heart [1982] 1. She keeps the model of the Empire State Building on the dining room table as a memento. 2. “Where are you going, in that dress?” “To hell and back.” “You’ll probably get there, in … Continue reading

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3 things about W.S. Van Dyke’s ANOTHER THIN MAN

Another Thin Man [1939] 1. Asta encounters a skunk. 2. Nick gracefully punches Phil Church in the face and says, “That’s to remind you not to dream about my family.” 3. At the West Indies Club, Nick orders Bacardi. But … Continue reading

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3 things about Gregory Nava’s EL NORTE

El Norte [1983] 1. “You have to say ‘fuck’ all the time, or no one will believe you’re Mexican.” 2. He beams with joy after pouring the coffee correctly. 3. Pausing in his work, he leans on his shovel and … Continue reading

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3 things about Ronny Yu’s BRIDE OF CHUCKY

Bride of Chucky [1998] 1. It’s refreshing to see a gratuitous car washing scene featuring a hot shirtless guy for once. 2. “Fuck Martha Stewart! Martha Stewart can kiss my shiny plastic butt!” 3. John Ritter’s face impaled by a … Continue reading

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3 things about Rudolph Maté’s WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

When Worlds Collide [1951] 1. At a fancy supper club, he lights his cigarette by setting some money on fire. He looks over at a startled matron and says, “I’ve always wanted to do that!” 2. For a moment he … Continue reading

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3 things about Jacques Feyder’s FACES OF CHILDREN

Faces of Children [1925] 1. The child watches the gravedigger refill his mother’s grave, then passes out. His father carries him home. The gravedigger continues in his work without a pause. 2. Pierrette is like a paleo-Tootie, like Margaret O’Brien … Continue reading

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3 things about Robert Aldrich’s KISS ME DEADLY

Kiss Me Deadly [1955] 1. Both Mike and Velda have a bottle of Kentucky Tavern bourbon at their apartments. 2. The look on his face as he smashes the coroner’s fingers in the desk drawer. 3. “Kiss me, Mike. I … Continue reading

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